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DOL Fiduciary Rule Overturned | Ohio Benefit Brokers

In its March 15, 2018, decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule that expanded the definition of an investment advice fiduciary under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Under the Fiduciary Rule, investment brokers were going to be required to put … Continued

Ask the Experts: Gathering Race and Ethnicity Information for the EEO-1 Report | Ohio Employee Benefit Advisors

Question: What is the best way to get ethnicity and race information for each employee for the EEO-1 report? Answer: Self-identification is the preferred method for gathering the required information for the EEO-1 report. As an employer, you are required to ask employees to self-identify if they wish; however, employees are not required to self-identify. If … Continued

All About Medical Savings Accounts | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Taking control of health care expenses is on the top of most people’s to-do list for 2018.  The average premium increase for 2018 is 18% for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans.  So, how do you save money on health care when the costs seems to keep increasing faster than wage increases?  One way is through … Continued

2018 HSA Family Contribution Limit Reduced by $50 | Ohio Benefit Brokers

On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a reduction in the maximum annual contribution allowed for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in 2018. The change does not affect people whose HSA contributions are based on self-only health coverage, but it does affect those with family coverage under a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan … Continued

6 Ways to Keep the Flu from Sidelining Your Workplace | Ohio Employee Benefit Advisors

This year’s flu season is a rough one. Although the predominant strains of this year’s influenza viruses were represented in the vaccine, they mutated, which decreased the effectiveness of the immunization. The flu then spread widely and quickly, and in addition, the symptoms were severe and deadly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continued

Benefits of an Annual Exam | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Benefits of going to your annual physical include both cost savings and gaining knowledge.

Benefits of an Annual Exam | Ohio Employee Benefit Advisors

Have you ever heard the proverb “Knowledge is power?” It means that knowledge is more powerful than just physical strength and with knowledge people can produce powerful results. This applies to your annual medical physical as well! The #1 goal of your annual exam is to GAIN KNOWLEDGE. Annual exams offer you and your doctor … Continued

Federal Employment Law Update – February 2018 | Ohio Benefit Advisors

IRS Releases Publication 15 and W-4 Withholding Guidance for 2018On January 31, 2018, the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Publication 15 — Introductory Material, which includes the following:2018 federal income tax withholding tables.Exempt Form W-4.New information on:Withholding allowance.Withholding on supplemental wages.Backup withholding.Moving expense reimbursement.Social Security and Medicare tax for 2018.Disaster tax relief.Read Publication 15 … Continued

CMS Disclosure Requirement for Employer Health Plans | Ohio Employee Benefit Advisors

Do you offer health coverage to your employees? Does your group health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs? If so, federal law requires you to complete an online disclosure form every year with information about your plan’s drug coverage. You have 60 days from the start of your health plan year to complete the form. For … Continued

Benefits Easy: Intro to Self-Funding | Ohio Benefit Advisors

As we head into the second month of 2018, companies have already begun the arduous task of submitting budgets and finding ways to cut costs for the new year. One of the most effective ways to combat increasing health care costs for companies is to move to a Self-Funded insurance plan. By paying for claims out-of-pocket instead of paying … Continued